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Ex-Homeland Security official accused in W.Va.

Monday - 4/14/2014, 3:51pm  ET

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man who is a former director of a Homeland Security division has been indicted on charges he used his government-issued credit card to obtain more than $100,000 in cash advances at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town.

U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced Monday that 55-year-old Gene Protogiannis of Lovettsville, Va., has been indicted on 45 counts of wire fraud. He says Protogiannis used the government credit card to obtain $115,000 in cash advances in 2013.

The government says Protogiannis was the acting director of the Tactical Operations Division for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a division of Homeland Security. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Martinsburg on Wednesday.

Protogiannis' federal public defender did not immediately return a telephone message left by The Associated Press.


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